"A person's face is not something to be patched and spot-touched, but rather it is a unique canvas on which to create a one of a kind piece of art." - I. Valencia
Last December my friend Isidro Valencia and I were chatting it up… he was showing me various beauty products he had purchased while on vacation and I started showing him some of my earlier work where I shot a lot of product and macro photography. It had been a while since I did any of that type of work and with what he was showing me sparked interest in a trip back down memory lane. So I asked him what he thought about piecing together a Macro Beauty series… He immediately fell in love with the idea. I knew up front this would be nothing like I have ever done before with macro, but as always, I was up for the challenge. From there, we collected months of inspiration, initially shot an introductory image with my wife AnnMarie back in February, then later on we expanded on that. We brought in Hair & Make-up extraordinaire Ashley Flora as model and Cosmo Talent Kristina Russ as another, along for the ride came Joey Goldsmith who assisted, captured BTS and provided the menacing by appearance ring light used to create beautiful lighting. These are the results of this plan, very crisp, very detailed as anyone would come to expect from an infusion of beauty products and macro photography. We hope you enjoy these beautiful visuals as much as we did creating them. Focused.
Photographer |Gary Barragan
MUA | Isidro Valencia
Model | AnnMarie Barragan
Assistant & BTS | Joey Goldsmith
"Take a visionary photographer and imaginative make up artist, both with a unique sense of creativity. Your results are going to be both stunning and eye catching. A look that is edgy yet beautiful. That's how I felt at the end of this harmonious collaboration! I've really enjoyed partaking in this macro project! Thank you Isidro and Gary!" - AnnMarie Taitano.
Model | Ashley Flora
"Art is expressive. I felt like a painting. Beautiful and creative. Isidro really has an artist touch. He's so modest about his work but I feel he really could do paintings if he wanted to" - Ashley Flora.
Model | Kristina Russ
“For me, it was an awesome experience to be involved in my first macro beauty shoot. The team was just outstanding and I loved the creativity.” - Kristina Russ
BTS Photography | Joey Goldsmith
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